Boon or Bust: What will TPP Deliver to U.S. High-Tech?

As the electronics industry seeks to shape the contours of its global supply chain for the next quarter century and beyond, several key organizations representing high tech companies say the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will provide fertile ground for new market growth while, at the same time, offering a counterbalance to China’s growing influence…

Semico, Isola Launch PCB Design Conference

Isola Group, a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) and Semico Research, a semiconductor marketing and consulting research company, announced that they have teamed up to launch Boards, Chips and Packaging: Designing to Maximize Results.  This new industry event will span the system-level ecosystem to…

Jabil to Expand Vietnam Operation

Jabil Circuit, Inc. (JBL), a global provider of design, engineering manufacturing and supply chain solutions, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the management board of Saigon Hi-Tech Park in Vietnam. The agreement will allow the company to expand its current operation in the hi-tech park. Vietnamese governmental officials joined the Saigon Hi-Tech Park…

Manufacturing Ends 1H 2015 Better Than it Started

The U.S. manufacturing industry closed the first half of the year in better shape than it started, but it’s still facing a few headwinds. After a number of fits and starts over the past few months the Institute for Supply Management’s June PMI—a leading manufacturing business indicator—is hovering around the 53 percent mark and ticked up…

Siemens Expands Program for Manufacturing Startups

It’s a term you don’t hear much these days—manufacturing startup. Siemens has announced the expansion of the startup Frontier Partner program run by Siemens Technology to Business (TTB) and Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software organization. The Frontier Partner program, focused on the Silicon Valley region, is designed to find, fund, and forge the “breakthrough…

Benchmark NH Facility Certified for Medical Mfg

Angleton, Tex. — Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading integrated contract manufacturing provider, today announced that its Nashua, New Hampshire facility has been awarded the ISO 13485:2003 certification for medical manufacturing. This standard represents a comprehensive quality management system for the manufacture of medical devices throughout the full product lifecycle. In addition to the new…

Digi-Key Goes Global with Supply Chain Support

Digi-Key Corp. is intensifying engagement with small to medium-size OEMs by expanding globally a range of programs it has instituted to support customers demanding supply chain management activities. The component distributor says the supply chain functions are complementary to the design chain services it is reputed for, noting these will remain at the core of…

Manufacturers Can Use Data to Increase Efficiency

In spite of all the headway that manufacturers have made regarding efficiency, the industry still has some untapped resources. A majority of manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, electronics and machinery industries are aware of the potential technology has in increasing asset efficiency, a global study found, but only 15 percent have implemented dedicated strategies toward that end.…